That after 24-year old Brian Euston – of Prairie Village’s Euston’s Hardware family – was found unconscious in Westport and later died. Euston had been on the party trail at Kelly’s with friends and had left the bar in the wee hours of Saturday night/Sunday morning.
The $64 million question: How did he die?
An unsubstantiated headline in the online version of the Kansas City Star’s news story led readers to believe Euston had been beaten.
Police called the newspaper out on the bogus headline but the Star declined to explain or change it, police say.
Until, that is, KC Confidential called the headline into question, reporting that until autopsy results were in police had no information to support Euston having been beaten. Video surveillance did not appear to show a fight or beating. No witnesses had come forward to claim that there’d been one. Even though Euston had been on a busy street at a high traffic time of night.
It could have been one of at least three things, police say; an auto accident, a slip and hard fall or some form of beating.
“There is no new information,” a KCPD spokeswoman said late Tuesday. And the results of the autopsy are not back yet.
Meanwhile back at 18th and Grand, the Star yanked the word “beating” from its headline shortly after KC Confidential and the KCPD called them out. Reader rep Derek Donovan acknowledged